Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Feast of the
Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, December 8

Wednesday, December 7: 
7:30 PM Vigil

Thursday, December 8: 
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Rectory:  Closed


Advent Communal
Reconciliation Service

Communal Reconciliation Service
at St. Peter the Apostle Church

Monday, December 12
7:30 PM

Individual Reconciliation (Confession)
Every Saturday during Advent
11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon



Dear Families:

As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Fr. Mike and Pastor Sweet (from the Grace Lutheran Church) have joined together to commemorate this event.

Fr. Mike is inviting your family to participate in Reverse Advent (as explained here).



ADVENT Evenings of
Peace & Friendship

Advent is a time to anticipate both our celebration of the birth of Jesus and the day when the risen Jesus will come again.

Here is your invitation to celebrate the Advent season…

Please join us as we gather together to ready ourselves for the Christmas season in a relaxed series of Tuesday evenings.  Each week we’ll discuss the Advent Gospels to prepare  our hearts for the birth of our Lord and get to know our fellow Parishioners better by casually enjoying each other’s company over Wine, Beer, Cheese & Dessert.

Come as often you wish… There’s no commitment and nothing to join!  However, we’d appreciate that you let us know which days you plan to come so we can prepare.

These evenings will be held on Tuesdays:
11/29 in the Parish Center
12/06 in the Chapel
12/13 in the Parish Center
12/20 in the Parish Center

The Scripture portion will begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00 followed by conversation and socializing as long as you like.

Sign up below. You can sign up all at once, or sign up each week as you know your schedule:

I will attend on (check all that apply):





We’re hoping that you will be able to join us for the ADVENT Evenings of Peace & Friendship, but if you can’t or are unable to make one of the gatherings, here is a way to prepare for Christmas during Advent at home.

Lectio Divina For Advent

Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.”  As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day.

The method of lectio divina follows four steps:
– lectio (reading)
– meditatio (meditation)
– contemplatio (contemplation)
– and oratio (prayer).

You can use these following Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray on your spiritual preparation for Advent and Christmas.

Lectio Divina – 1st Week of Advent
Lectio Divina – 2nd Week of Advent
Lectio Divina – 3rd Week of Advent
Lectio Divina – 4th Week of Advent

More info:
5 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Jesus This Advent


St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

Saturday, December 10:  All who wish to participate are invited to join us. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


St. Peter’s Singles
Support Group Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on:

Washington D.C. (wait listed)
Montreal/Quebec/Lake George


Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.


Giving Tree

This year we are collecting gifts as well as gift cards for families within our community, h.i.p. (Heightened Independence and Progress),  individuals living independently in spite of their disabilities, and Bergen Youth Center.

If you choose to purchase Gift Cards, a representative from St. Peter Academy will be selling gift cards in the Gathering Space. There’s no need for you to run out to the mall.

Please bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the Gathering Space at any time, but no later than Sunday, December 11


Mass Schedule

Christmas Mass Schedule
Saturday, December 24
4:00 PM – Children’s Choir Christmas Program
4:30 PM – Mass (with Children’s Choir)
7:00 PM – Mass
10:00 PM – Evening Mass
Preceded by carols with Choir at 9:30 PM

Sunday, December 25
8:00 AM  –   10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM


Rectory Closed:  December 24, 25, 26
One Mass only on December 26:
9:00 AM Only


ValLimar Jansen

The Office of Faith Formation is thrilled to be hosting ValLimar Jansen on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm and Sunday, December 11 at 2pm in the church.  ValLimar Jansen is blessed with an extraordinary voice and is a highly regarded singer, composer and recording artist. Known especially for her work with contemporary Christian music, she sings a wide range of music, including spirituals and traditional, organ-based choral music. 

ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, a storyteller, a psalmist, a song leader, a principal vocalist, and/or an emcee. ValLimar composes all her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in southern California.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for either performance.  The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.


CRS/Fair Trade Sales
Coffee, Tea, Chocolate

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of December 10/11
after all Masses in the Slipe Center.


 Hosting Week Volunteers
& Donations Needed

Family Shelter Ministry
Hosting Family Promise Guests
January 8-15

St. Peter’s will be hosting parents and children from Family Promise during the week of January 8-15. 

With support from Temple Avodat Shalom, First Congregational Church and St. Joe’s, we will provide a home filled with love, delicious meals, lots of activities and support. 

At this time, we do not know how many families we are expecting.  We are in need of volunteers for setup on Saturday, 1/7, and several different tasks on Friday & Saturday, 1/13 & 14, as well as breakdown on Sunday 1/15 after the families leave. 

In the category of Entertainment Hosts (7-9 pm Friday & Saturday), we are recruiting for a minimum of 2 adults as well as up to 4 teens or children with parents. 

Please sign up below to volunteer and/or donate much-needed items.

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Thursday Evening
Prayer Opportunity

Prayer Opportunity Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! 

Materials are provided: One-time registration using the form below, or call the rectory (201) 261-3366 and leave a message for Deacon Ed Bowen to let him know you’re coming.


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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.






St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Benedictine Sisters Retreats Schedule

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Lord Teach Us to Pray,” November 26, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Jesus responded to this request by teaching the Our Father. What can this beautiful prayer reveal to us about our own prayer? how have Christians prayed through the centuries? $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, November 25-27. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Gospel Images of Mary” an Advent Retreat, December 17, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Artists have portrayer Mary in many ways. Let us go to the Gospel source to look more closely at Mary who kept all things in her heart and was blessed because she believed. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 16-18. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Saturday eve until 1 PM Sunday.

Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Is God seeking you to journey with Him in religious life? Come listen to His call by participating in a Vocation Discernment Retreat for women with the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ, January 13-15, 2017.  For information contact Sr. Mariette Therese at 908-352-4278 Ext 274 or e-mail 

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “A Weekend with Thomas Merton,” January 27-29.  Enjoy a Weekend pondering the writings and insights of the famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.  $135   For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Catholic Cruises thru Feb 2017

Remember we have a Priest on board every Holland America Sailing. Call us at 860-399-1785 to help us make your religious journey special

October 3 – October 15, 2016 (12 Nights) Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of Spain with Father John Nowak. Prices starting at $1559 per person based on double occupancy.

October 20 – October 31, 2016 (11 Nights) Journey through the Holy Land and Jordan with Father John Jamnicky. Prices starting at $2259 per person based on double occupancy.

November 5, 2016 – November 12, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riveria). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1608 for two passengers.

November 9, 2016 – November 13, 2016 (4 Nights) on Holland America’s NEW Koningsdam (Bahamas). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices Starting at $1077 for two passengers.

November 13, 2016 – November 23, 2016 (10 Nights) on Holland America’s (NEWEST SHIP) Koningsdam (Southern Caribbean Seafarer). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $2264 for two passengers.

November 18, 2016 – November 25, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1680 for two passengers.

November 25th, 2016 – December 9th, 2016 (14 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $3419 for two passengers.

November 26th, 2016 – December 3rd, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1582 for two passengers

December 3rd, 2016 – December 10th, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1565 for two passengers.

December 17, 2016 – December 24, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riviera). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1684 for two passengers.

January 7, 2017 – January 14th, 2017 (7 NIghts) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1477 for two passengers.

February 17th, 2017 – February 24th, 2017 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1845 for two passengers.

Catholic Cruises and Tours 41 Vernon Road East Hartford, CT 06413

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

3rd Annual Tricky Tray

SAVE THE DATE!! St. Peter Academy is hosting its 3rd Annual Tricky Tray Dinner on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne from 6:30-10:30 PM. Tickets are $60 and include a 4-course dinner, entertainment, and a sheet of raffle tickets for chances to win fabulous prizes including: 2 Jet Blue Domestic Round Trip Air Tickets, Quikcheck Balloon Festival tickets, signed sports and entertainment memorabilia, brand-name handbags, Wine Tasting for 12 and much, much more! For Tickets please contact Maria Coyle at 201-697-5971 or


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